COVID-19: Early Years update... 26 June

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In today's update:

dan barton

Dear All,

As a Local Authority, we are in regular contact with our advisers from the Department for Education, as well as Regional Ofsted Leads. Yesterday we were able to update them on the picture across the county for early years and to let them know how incredibly hard the sector has been working over the past few months, and how positively you have risen to the challenges that you have faced.

Today’s update contains some useful information from Public Health and other useful resources and information. Please do take time to read these. As ever, thank you for your tireless work for the children and families of Cumbria, and I hope that this weekend will provide you with some restorative relaxation time.

Dan Barton

Assistant Director - Education and Skills

Director of Public Health - summary COVID-19 position for Cumbria

Understandably educational settings want the most up to date information about COVID-19 to inform their risk assessments and planning.

Cumbria's Director of Public Health has summarised the position for Cumbria at the current time.


Process for managing suspected cases of COVID-19 in schools and settings

Following discussion with schools and early years providers the council's Public Health team has produced a one page summary guide covering the steps educational settings should take if there is a known or suspected COVID-19 case among staff or pupils.


Baseline Assessment – important update

The Government has announced that plans to introduce the Reception Baseline Assessment this Autumn have now been moved back a year to Autumn 2021, due to the unforeseen challenges posed by the pandemic – please see the press release here 

And further information here

What can I do today?

We would like to thank you all for sharing the ‘What Can I do Today?’ activities with families via social media. We have had some fantastic feedback and thousands of views so hopefully many families have enjoyed doing the activities together.

From next week starting on Monday 29th June we are moving to ‘What can I do this week?’ We will share one activity a day, which will now include Saturday and Sunday, based on a theme for the whole week. The first week is bottles. This will be continuing throughout the year and we would love it if you could continue to share these regularly.

The activities gathered so far will be on the Early Years website in a booklet for you to share. Please watch this space for an update when it is available.

Re-opening support and resources

The National Day Nurseries Association are offering webinars to both members and non-members on a variety of topics that are pertinent at this time. Please have a look.

The Early Years Alliance have produced some helpful free resources to support you with welcoming back children and families to your settings. This includes some resources tailored specifically for Childminders.

There are also a range of resources for you to use on our Early Years website, including a Welcome Back pack of ideas.